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Chinese New Year

Chinese Lanterns Here you can find out about all about Chinese New Year. Discover Chinese customs, traditions and the Chinese Zodiac. You can find out your Zodiac animal, watch our videos and try our activities.

The Year of the Rat

The Chinese New Year of the Rat began on 25 January 2020. It is year 4718 on the Chinese Calendar.

The date of Chinese New Year varies each year and the next will be on 12 February 2021, when it will be the Year of the Ox.

The Year of the Rat

What is Chinese New Year?

Find out what Chinese New Year is about, its importance as a festival in China and when it is celebrated. Here we explain how the timing of this festival is based on the phases of the moon known as the Lunar calendar.

Learn more about Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Customs

One in every six people in the world celebrate Chinese New Year. Customs vary in different parts of the world but everywhere the main idea is to remember family and wish everyone peace and prosperity in the coming year.

Learn about Chinese New Year Customs

Learn about the celebrations

Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese zodiac follows a twelve year cycle, each of the years being named after an animal.

Learn about the Chinese Zodiac Animals

Find out which animal you are

There are several legends about how the Chinese Zodiac animals were chosen. We have illustrated one of the most popular legends as a story for you to enjoy.

Read our Chinese Zodiac story

Read our Chinese Zodiac story

Chinese Dragon Game - Ordering and Sequencing Numbers

Chinese Dragon Game

Chinese Dragon maths game is an ordering and sequencing numbers game based on the Chinese New Year dragon theme. It's suitable for 5-11 year olds.

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Make a Rat

Make a cute rat card

To mark the Chinese New Year of the Rat, follow our free guide to make a cute rat card.

Make a Rat Card